Investigators have discovered that the Equifax data breach was avoidable.
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If your systems are not patched in time You will increase the risk of being attacked.
Half of all attacks target small businesses.
How to Verify You Are Vulnerable to Security:
Although the software vulnerable to Equifax was not something that is used on PCs, it indicates that systems are not being patched – even with I Software that is not core to the operating system – can allow an attacker to access your system without your knowledge. A security scan of your systems can help identify your security vulnerabilities. Make sure all your software patches are up to date. These include things like Windows / Mac OS, Microsoft Office, Adobe, Java / Oracle, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Operating Systems. Do not forget to keep your entire technology up to date, including your phones and apps. Always use a third-party security solution to protect your network / system. Each of them has a way for users to make sure they stay up to date. Many will keep up to date, others will brush up on updates. Taking the time to heed these warnings instead of ignoring them will protect you. Always use third-party antivirus software (not the one supplied with your computer) that can prevent malicious software from getting onto your computer
. But the more obscure applications and devices like routers, printers and other network devices and "things" will not update at all. There is also a point where manufacturers stop publishing updates or patches, so be careful that you do not think you're safe just because there are no updates. We tell our customers that they should never receive their hardware or software under three versions or years from the current version.
We help our clients proactively manage their IT security. If you are not already in our Guardian Managed Service Plan, contact me today for an individualized assessment to see how "at risk" you are and what you can do to protect your business.
My information was on the list of what could have been release. What now? What do we recommend?
Remember: This information will be out for years. In addition to opening a new loan on your behalf, criminals can file false tax returns and seek medical emergency services to bill you. Depending on your bank, the bank may call your bank and act as if you were transferring data from your accounts. None of these steps can not prevent these things, so you have to stay alert. Check your statements monthly. Balance your checkbook. Call your bank and pretend to have only the information that has leaked out (full name, social, phone, address, driver's license, date of birth.)
Your first thought might However, for credit monitoring, especially for the free one offered by Equifax, you should consider again: Firstly, the original text in the now-canceled application agreement has relinquished your right to be part of a class action suit Equifax in the future, that shows at least the intent of Equifax, second, it's only for a year, and this information will be out there forever, so a year will not cut it Protection Company is a subsidiary of Equifax, and the existence of this company in the future is in question of this debacle and the possible criminal acts of its executives Do you mind between $ 5 and $ 25 / month cost the alternative?
You should do it anyway. However, Consumer Reports recommends that you do not sacrifice expensive credit monitoring and simply generate a credit report from each office once a year. You may download one report per year for free. So instead of going on annualcreditreport.com and getting all three at the same time, you can vary them so that you get a quarterly report. Now they are not easy to find because they want you to sign up for credit monitoring or use the all-in-one report, so we linked them below.
https: //www.transunion. com / Annual Credit
If you ever find or suspect anything suspicious with your credit, you can place a scam alert about Your credit Once again, for free, but it is temporary – Only 90 days for the first warning. The great thing is that you only need to log in to one of the offices and it will notify everyone. Link below.
If you are really worried, the only way you can get in Being able to get some sleep at night can be to fix your credit.
Transunion https://www.transunion.com/product/truidentity-free-identity-protection Free basic monitoring / reporting / locking, no map required. Easy Lock / Unlock
Experian https://www.experian.com/ncaconline/freeze Be sure to keep your PIN. Without this feature, you can not unlock.
Equifax https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp Be sure to click "View PDF" and keep your PIN. You can not unlock without them.
Innovis https://www.innovis.com/personal/securityFreeze You will receive a confirmation letter. Keep it.
Be sure to have your previous address and knowledge of payments to your larger accounts such as car and home loans. This is because these websites confirm your identity by asking you to check the area where your last payment was made.
P.S. Please share this warning with friends in other companies. We might be able to prevent her from being a victim.